The School of Engineering and the School of Business at the University of Connecticut educate undergraduates who are highly valued in their respective fields. Both schools, however, have recognized that students who plan to pursue careers in manufacturing can benefit from a perspective that integrates subjects that have traditionally been available only in business programs or in engineering programs. Given the level of competition in many manufacturing sectors, it is essential that firms employ people who are educationally well-suited for the challenges to be faced. The program is jointly offered by the School of Business and the School of Engineering.
The mission of UConn’s MEM Program is to develop professionals with a solid foundation in engineering and business skills, plus a total enterprise vision, and intimate knowledge of production in manufacturing and in the service industry.
The MEM Program
has established an Advisory Board of very distinguished industry leaders in the state of Connecticut. The Advisory Board has played a fundamental role in
providing strategic support to the program as well as providing placement, internships, and scholarship support to the MEM students.
A list of the current Board members can be found at
The MEM program is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as satisfying the highest standard of achievement for business programs. The MEM program was also accredited in 2007 by the EAC Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
The MEM Program is built upon a simple philosophy: to be effective, technological innovations in manufacturing must be applied to a streamlined and simplified operating environment. Through their studies and internships in the MEM Program, students develop a thorough understanding of the interrelationships between the different areas of a manufacturing enterprise. An integrated education provides a competitive advantage in the manufacturing arena, in which applications of subject matter from business and engineering are equally important.
Program Educational Objectives
The Management and Engineering for Manufacturing undergraduate program educational objectives are that 3-5 years after graduation, our alumni will:
practice their profession with solid engineering and business knowledge and skills, with a total enterprise vision of world-class manufacturing and service organizations. They will have developed a record of solving business problems and contributing substantively to the evolving practice of engineering from this perspective.
compete successfully using lean manufacturing and quality management principles in the design and manufacture of products, or the development of service processes. They will have demonstrated progress towards leadership roles in this area, through promotion or growing project management responsibilities.
apply high professional standards, with up-to-date knowledge and personal skills, and a strong commitment to life-long learning. They will have demonstrated this commitment through participation in professional societies, by making progress towards professional certifications, or through the pursuit of advanced degrees.
Upon graduation, students will be able to contribute immediately to the continuous improvement of the firms where they are employed. MEM graduates will be prepared to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve level of product quality and customer service. Their educational background will also enable them to participate in the evaluation, design, and implementation of new technologies for years to come. As their careers advance, graduates of the MEM program will be well-prepared to move into management positions in their manufacturing organizations. Graduates of the program will have the skills to assume supervisory or support positions in a manufacturing company and the depth and breadth of skills consistent with rapid promotion. A sampling of positions available to MEM graduates is given below.
Corporate Leadership Program Associate
Production Supervisor or Manufacturing Supervisor
Plant Supervisor or Plant Manager
Supply Chain Supervisor
Systems Integration Consulting Analyst
Department Head/Line Manager or Materials Manager
Associate Engineer, levels I, II, and III
Manufacturing, Quality, Production, or Industrial Engineer
Student Outcomes, as given by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Our goal is that after completing the program, our graduates will demonstrate:
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, management, and engineering;
An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, managerial, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering and management problems;
An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
An ability to communicate effectively;
The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering and management solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
A knowledge of contemporary issues;
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering and management tools necessary for engineering practice.
MEM students have available a one-semester exchange program with the Industrial Engineering and Management program from Lund University, Sweden. Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities and is consistently ranked as one the world’s top 100 universities.
The MEM program requires many existing courses offered by the School of Business and the School of Engineering. Along with courses designed to meet both Schools' curricula requirements, majors take a sequence of special MEM courses: Introduction to MEM Program in the freshman year; Introduction to Manufacturing Systems in the sophomore year; and, during the junior and senior years, Advanced Manufacturing Systems; Introduction to Products and Processes; Advanced Products and Processes; and Computers in Manufacturing. Many of these special MEM courses are team-taught by faculty from both schools.
If you would like more information on the MEM program, please explore the links to the left, contact the OPIM administrator, or contact either of the co-directors listed below.
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing
Operations and Information Management Department
Telephone: (860) 486-5295
Fax: (860) 486-4839
Diane Van Scoter
MEM Co-director, Engineering
School of Engineering
MEM Co-director, Business
Operations and Information Management Department